NASCO Institute 2018

"It is not enough to have ideals. We must translate them into action. We must clear our own little corner of creation.” - Toyohiko Kagawa, Cooperative Leader


The annual NASCO Cooperative Education and Training Institute will take place on November 2-4, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since 1978, NASCO Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to cooperators worldwide. We bring together a vibrant and diverse community of over 400 members, staff, and managers of group-equity cooperatives to share ideas, learn new skills, and work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

NASCO Institute is an event designed for cooperators, by cooperators. The conference features over 50 hands-on educational workshops, panels, roundtable discussions, strategy sessions, caucuses, co-op tours, games, and more. 

This year marks NASCO’s 50th anniversary. For the past half-century, NASCO has supported the development of new cooperatives and helped existing cooperatives continue to thrive. We are the heart of the student cooperative movement. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of cooperators before us and the legacy we continue to build upon.


Who are we?

Since 1968, North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) has been working with housing co-ops, students, worker-owners, activists, and community members who are interested in applying cooperative principles to meet their needs and fulfill their missions. We are the network that facilitates mutual aid and support amongst co-ops.


Inter-Cooperative Council at Ann Arbor

The Inter-Cooperative Council at Ann Arbor has been our go-to co-host of NASCO Institute for decades. The Inter-Cooperative Council is a 600 member-strong student housing co-op in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a network of sixteen houses in the city. First established in 1932, the ICC continues to provide affordable housing for those interested in diverse, active, and democratic communities. NASCO Institute would not be possible without the generous support of the Inter-Cooperative Council at Ann Arbor over the years.



“We found the conference to be very beneficial for our small community-based co-op, especially from a financial perspective. We learned so much about strategies for being a smaller worker co-op, with a focus on membership and trust-building.”

“I can't put into words how valuable the educational experience is at NASCO Institute. You get to learn about things that you know you want to know for your co-op and then there are other, newer ideas presented to you. And the networking is priceless.”

“NASCO Institute gave me skills and concrete actions plans for anti-oppression work in my own community, as well as ideas/skills/contacts for creating new worker-owned co-ops and housing co-ops!”